Indian women's cricket team beat Sri Lanka, clinch series

India were beaten by Australia back in the 2005 final but they banished that demon by knocking out the reigning World Cup winners and six-time champions by 36 runs in a dramatic semi-final in Derby on Thursday. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Galle, Sri Lanka Sep 13, 2018, 07.24 PM (IST)

The Indian women's cricket team on Thursday beat Sri Lanka by seven runs in the second ODI, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

India also earned two additional points as the game is a part of the ICC Women's Championship.

Batting first, India were all out for 219 in 50 overs where young wicketkeeper Tanya Bhatia's 68 off 66 balls turned out to be a match-winning knock.

In reply, the visitors bowled out the hosts for 212 in 48.1 overs with seamer Mansi Joshi taking 3/51 and left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad chipping in with 2/37.

Earlier, put into bat, the Indians failed to get going primarily due to slow batting from skipper Mithali Raj, who took 121 balls to score 52 with four boundaries.

Coming to bat in the fifth over, she was finally dismissed in the 39th over, after which the Indian innings gained some momentum.

It was youngsters Tanya and Dayalan Hemlatha (35 off 31 balls), who propped up the scoreboard, taking the team closer to the 220-run mark.

The score could have been bigger but India lost four wickets in the final over with part-time seamer Chamari Atapattu taking three for 42.

Opener Atapattu (57, 95 balls) and Shashikala Siriwardene (49) added 89 runs for the fourth wicket to keep the islanders afloat.

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